For the 2015-2016 school year, Chicago Public Schools will be facing budget cuts and for some schools, staff cuts. In August, CPS released the preliminary spending plans for this school year which showed a revenue that is short $480 million dollars of spending. The situation is complicated due to the CPS relying on a so far non-existent help from the Governor and General Assembly in Springfield. CPS has stated in the the recent months if they aren’t provided the funds from Springfield by November they will be taking matter into their own hands.
What does this mean for CPS teachers and students? With the budget cuts three out of four schools in each district would see budget cuts and staff cuts. Enrollment plays a huge part in whether or not schools will be affected by budget cuts. With the student-based funding policy schools are giving funds based off how many students are in the school, meaning the staff gets paid per student. With a so far non-existent help from Springfield CPS has to make up that budget by taking funds from schools and placing them somewhere where others can keep matter focused on learning. This is bad for schools whose enrollment fell short this year, such as Roosevelt High School. They fell short of a little more than 100 students causing them to lose over $450,000. This means program cuts and teacher cuts. Schools like Roosevelt have a higher chance of facing budget cuts since all schools are working with a non-existent help from Springfield and their enrollment has fallen.
Unless Springfield acts soon, all schools are facing cuts. According to CPS the cuts would take place the second semester. Most the the cuts will be Advanced Placement and Honors electives since CPS still has a graduation requirements they have to meet. The result? Not only will there be new programs in replacement of the ones cut, and faculty members losing their jobs, but classroom sizes will also increase. No way is this beneficial to the students. What can you do to help? Call out to the decision makers, our elective officials, asking and encouraging them to act. Informing them of the unfortunate situation they have put us in.